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Seven-year-old India girl takes dad to police over a toilet

December 13, 2018 5:11 am
Hanifa Zaara told the police in a letter that her father had "cheated" her and should be arrested [Source: BBC]

A seven-year-old Indian girl went to the police after her father broke his promise to build her a toilet.

Hanifa Zaara told the police in a letter that her father had “cheated” her and should therefore be arrested. She said that she was “ashamed” to defecate outside.

Many Indians do no have access to toilets and nearly 500 million defecate in the open, according to Unicef.

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Even where toilets have been built, many do not use them.

Hanifa who lives with her parents in Ambur, a town in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, has never had a toilet in her house.

She told BBC Tamil’s Krithiika Kannan that a few people in her neighbourhood did have the facility. So she asked her father to build a toilet in their house too. She was in nursery at the time.

“I was ashamed to go outside and I felt bad when people looked at me,” Hanifa said. And she was especially motivated after learning in school about the health problems caused by open defecation.

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